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Nelspruit, South Africa

Alright we had 4 big nights in Kruger National Park. We drove through the Jo'burg traffic and country side of northern Gauteng and arrived at a place called Crocodile bridge. We arrived to a gate that looks like Jurrasic Park entrance and we were greeted by warthog and 2 giant deer type things - Kudu. A sign said "Do not exit your vehicle"-- this was cool.
We check-in; cook Braai [bbq] and wake to our first drive through park. A hyena laugh was heard as we drove through a kind of misty; dry red and green landscape.
We managed to see giraffe on side of raod- nthen a guy with a gun brought us out over a carcass to show us hippo in a river. Over the next few days we just drive around and listen and look for animals. We see buffalo; elephant; cheetah in the distance; which was cool ; then day 2 we see 3 white rhino and come across a line of cars looking left into a tree. We join the rat race and get to see a leopard sleeping in a tree! Really hard to see these guys but earlier someone had witnessed lion stealing a kill from it in a tree. Anyway it wakes up and starts to move around tree- posing for us. It jumps off and is gone. We hang around and wait to see if he/she comes out. I see Impala walking straight into its path and we sit and wait. Sure enough they all start freaking ot and make noises and we see the leopard walking through the bush looking for dinner. Still no lion at this point we go to bed

Kruger didn't disappoint. We come across lion walking across the road in front of us. Kav jumps up the sunroof to get a picture and the lioness freaks out and threatens to jump at us!! This was brillant. Then the rest of the pride walk across and the King is the last one to follow , and he looks at us with a stare that would put fear into a rock.

Day later we witnessed a lioness hunting a warthog - national geographic eat your heart out. The warthog got away.

The camps you stay here are unreal - you all must give it a go!
We escaped and went onto look at people instead.

permalink written by  Paddy&Kavitha on November 3, 2008 from Nelspruit, South Africa
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